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Home Legislation Ballot Ohio Medical Marijuana Ballot Ready to Sign and Circulate

Ohio Medical Marijuana Ballot Ready to Sign and Circulate

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The medical marijuana ballot petition for Ohio patients has been approved by Board of Election, Secretary of State, and the Ohio Attorney General. The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment petition is ready for you to help circulate and get it signed!

Now let’s make Ohio Medical Marijuana a reality! We will need thousand's of signatures so we can put it on the ballot. if you want to get involved as a petitioner please download and print the instruction PDF file then, the official petition at the end of the paragraph, and be sure to email us using the contact link. Be sure to read the first page carefully, then print as many copies as you can afford and go get signatures. You will find it is a rewarding experience. Here is the link to the official petition with an instruction page.

You may want to get several clipboards to make your signature gathering quicker, especially in a crowd. Miami Valley NORML provided some helpful hints for a clipboard to making it easier and faster to collect signatures. You can get the image so you can make your own sign for your clipboard with this link to the image.

Be sure to look over and become familiar with the official instructions (5MB file) that were provided by the Secretary of State. This explains how signatures are verified. The important parts are highlighted in yellow, and again it is a big file (5MB). Be patient if you have a slow connection. A smaller legible copy (1.3MB) is also available in this link.

Please send the ballot committee an email using the Contact MMJBALLOT link so Ohio Patients can help assist and coordinate efforts. You may also keep up to date with the Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment by joining the Facebook page.


Medical Marijuana News

In early June the Iowa State Pharmacy Board stated that marijuana has no medical benefits.  Susan Frey, who chairs the state pharmacy board said "there is no truth to marijuana having any medicinal benefits.".  The Iowa Pharmacy Board was reacting to a petition initiated by the Carl Olsen of the Iowans for Medical Marijuana organization.  A Polk County judge ordered the board in April to reconsider the petition to remove marijuana as a Schedule I drug under the Iowa Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Now the Iowa Pharmacy board has relented by announcing a series of public hearings on whether or not marijuana is a schedule 1 drug.  Schedule 1 drugs are drugs that has a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use  and that it lacks accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision. or another way of saying it in plain speak marijuana is deadly, addictive and has no accepted medical use. The first hearing is scheduled for August 19th.

Iowa is home to George McMahon and Barbara Douglass, both are federal medical marijuana patients who receive a tin of 300 marijuana joints every month.  The federally provided cannabis is handled via the pharmacy network, so it will be very interesting to see what the Iowa Board of Pharmacy says after the hearings. 

For more information see a local TV news story, use the Google link or see Iowa’s Quad City Times new article.